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Survey: People read less, prefer going online

SHANGHAI people read less often now and those that do prefer to go online rather than read books, a survey found.

Many people said they don't have enough time to read and that book prices are too high, according to the survey of more than 3,400 people by

Results of the survey were released ahead of World Book Day, which is today.

More than 70 percent of respondents said they read less than 10 books a year.

The survey found 18 percent read 10 to 30 books a year, down from 21 percent five years ago.

"I always put a book in my car," said a local, surnamed Lu. "But as always, I usually only have read a few pages months later."

Lu said his busy work schedule left little time for reading.

"Once I'm home, all I think of is sleeping," Lu said.

More than 50 percent of survey respondents said they don't have enough time to read and that book prices are too high. Also, 41 percent of respondents said "there are not many good books worth reading now."

Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said they spend 50 yuan (US$7.60) to 500 yuan on books or magazines each year. About 12 percent said they spend more than 500 yuan.

At the same time, people are more likely to go online to read.

According to the survey, nearly 20 percent said their main source of reading material was digital books or e-books, up from 13 percent five years ago.

However, more than 80 percent of respondents said they still consider reading to be "very important."


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